Leeds Beaver Scouts in plea for new leader

Anne Foggitt.
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Intrepid Beaver Scouts could be forced to hang up their woggles if they don’t find a new leader soon.

Cookridge Village Scout Group has operated from its north Leeds headquarters for over six decades but now the future of the Beaver group has been left hanging by a thread.

Its current leader, Anne Foggitt, is set to leave her post at the end of the summer but the group has been unable to find a replacement.

Now the 24 youngsters, aged between six and eight, are desperately looking for someone to step into their leader’s shoes otherwise they could be forced to abandon the already over-subscribed Beaver group.

Group Scout leader John Turner said: “If we don’t get a new Beaver leader then it would eventually threaten the whole Scout group.

“We wouldn’t have the members coming in from the younger age. We are really struggling to find someone at the moment.

“We have advertised around the village earlier this year when we handed out nearly 2,000 calendars asking for volunteers but no one has come forward yet.”

Cookridge Village Scouts celebrated their 60th anniversary in style two years ago.

The Scout and Guiding movement has increased in popularity over the years.

Thousands of Girl Guides from across the world descended on Harewood House, in Leeds, last year when it played host to the Girlguiding Centenary Camp.

Mr Turner, who was himself a Scout, added: “It would be a great shame if we couldn’t find a new leader.

“The Beavers would just have no-where else to go to join in the activities.

“All we want is for someone who will help these youngsters develop and have fun.

“Scouting helps to teach children both life skills and social skills.

“It also helps to prepare them to become the citizens of tomorrow.”

* To volunteer, contact Mr Turner on (0113) 2675251 or visit the group’s website at: www.cvsg.co.uk

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